A year ago, Brad Copeland began searching for a solution to end his frustration with reading glasses and bifocals both in the radio studio and in the water. He turned to the KAMRA corneal inlay, the first inlay approved in the US designed to restore reading vision for those with presbyopia.
Brad is also one of the approximately 114 million Americans suffering from presbyopia each year, which for most means depending on reading glasses or hassling with contact lenses. The naturally occurring aging-eye condition typically begins around the mid-40s to mid-50s as the lens of the eye becomes less flexible. Reading or seeing up close becomes more and more difficult as presbyopia develops. For many, losing vision not only makes work harder, it impacts every other part of life.
AcuFocus developed the KAMRA inlay with people like Brad in mind. The mini-ring has a small opening in the center allowing focused light to enter the eye and extend a patient’s natural range of vision from near to far. Today, Brad is celebrating his KAMRA inlay and a year of great vision without the frustrations of reading glasses.
The Oklahoma City-based radio DJ hosts one of the city’s most popular weekday morning radio shows, the Rick & Brad Morning Show on KATT. For more than 25 years, Brad and Rick have entertained their listeners with a signature brand of news, comedy and commentary.
When Brad is in the studio he is not just talking; he is constantly scanning four different screens all at different distances for programing notes and upcoming topics, all while monitoring the TV for breaking news stories for his listeners and talking to his cohosts and guests.
“There are a lot of vision-related aspects to this job. I wore reading glasses and at times, I wouldn’t bring them to work,” said Brad. “I wouldn’t have them in my bag, or I wouldn’t bring my bag, and I wouldn’t have them with me. I could function, but it was way more difficult.”
“Being on the air every day takes a commitment to having an awareness about what’s going on in the world around you, be it politics or pop culture or sports. I spend the majority of my day after getting off the air watching television or reading websites for relevant stories to talk about during the show. And that ties into the reason that I needed the KAMRA inlay. At a certain age and with that much screen time it becomes a strain on your eyes. You start to lose some of the sharpness of your reading vision.”
As an experienced scuba diver, amateur underwater photographer and a dive instructor, Brad began to notice how the changes in his vision also made diving more difficult as he struggled to see his gauges and the screen on the back of his camera while taking pictures.
Brad had heard about the KAMRA inlay while listening to ClearSight Center ads on his radio station. So, in January 2017, when he made a different type of New Year’s resolution, he resolved to get rid of those reading glasses and start enjoying great vision again. He knew his next step was to meet with Dr. Luke Rebenitsch of ClearSight Center in Oklahoma City to find out more about the inlay.
“Brad was the perfect candidate for the KAMRA inlay,” said Dr. Luke. “The KAMRA inlay delivers the great functional vision that Brad needs in the studio and also when he is scuba diving. The inlay’s extended depth of focus gives patients back a more natural range of vision they enjoyed when they were younger.”
Last February, Brad had his procedure with Dr. Luke and over the last year, the KAMRA inlay helped Brad to no longer worry about wearing reading glasses in the studio or underwater when he was diving.
“Getting the KAMRA inlay helped me get back to focusing on my life instead of constantly fumbling with glasses. Today I am able work in the studio without dependence on glasses. And, I was able to really enjoy diving and taking pictures of sea lions this past September in La Paz, Mexico. It is awesome.”
AcuFocus Inc. is a privately held ophthalmic medical device company that develops and markets breakthrough technologies for the improvement of near vision. Using the small aperture concept, two products have been developed: the Company’s flagship product – the KAMRA® corneal inlay – and the innovative IC-8® intraocular lens (IOL). The IC-8 IOL is not available in the United States. Founded in 2001, AcuFocus is based in Irvine, Calif. For additional information about the KAMRA inlay or the IC-8 IOL, visit www.AcuFocus.com, www.KAMRA.com, @KAMRAinlay and www.facebook.com/KAMRAinlay.